A message for fellow patriots

by Thomas Seng-Hock Lee 

The hard time is fast descending upon us. Currently, many of us, especially senior citizens, are living from hand to mouth. After 35 years as a journalist, editor and socio-political analyst, I can’t even have a regular income, and have to depend on ad hoc jobs to survive.

If I had abandoned my principles, sold my soul to serve the political establishment when I was in the MSM (main stream media), I would not have ended up like this. But I do not regret it at all, as I have kept the faith, preserved my integrity, and can walk tall. “Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.” (Proverb 19:1)

The temptation to betray myself and my faith was there, seeing how even those I helped to train and groom as journalists and editors rise fast through political connections. However, thanks to the grace and strength of the Lord Jesus, I resisted the evil and corrupt way to a comfortable and prosperous life and lifestyle.

I had stayed true to my principles, conviction, and mission to fight for truth, righteousness, justice, equality, accountability, transparency, and a Malaysian Malaysia. I joined the DAP as as life member in October 1986, and had never wavered from the party struggle all these years. I had never gained any financial benefit from the party, but had actually made much sacrifices by being denied promotions in my career as a journalist, and having employment doors closed to me. But it is worth it all, as I see the day coming when Malaysia will be born again as a just, equal and harmonious nation under the Pakatan Rakyat rule.

Dear friends, despite the hardship, in fact, because of it, we should stand firm in our conviction as patriots to work for a new Malaysia where justice, equality and peaceful co-existence of the races are part and parcel of our life and thoughts. Let us give our utmost support to people like Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng, Nik Aziz, etc., in the Big Battle for Putrajaya, which has already begun and will climax in the impending 13th general election.